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Psalm 142

You Are My Refuge

A Maskil1 of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.

1With my voice I cry out to the Lord;

with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.

2I pour out my complaint before him;

I tell my trouble before him.

3When my spirit faints within me,

you know my way!

In the path where I walk

they have hidden a trap for me.

4Look to the right and see:

there is none who takes notice of me;

no refuge remains to me;

no one cares for my soul.

5I cry to you, O Lord;

I say, “You are my refuge,

my portion in the land of the living.”

6Attend to my cry,

for I am brought very low!

Deliver me from my persecutors,

for they are too strong for me!

7Bring me out of prison,

that I may give thanks to your name!

The righteous will surround me,

for you will deal bountifully with me.

Footnotes

  • 1 142:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

Psalm 143

My Soul Thirsts for You

A Psalm of David.

1Hear my prayer, O Lord;

give ear to my pleas for mercy!

In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

2Enter not into judgment with your servant,

for no one living is righteous before you.

3For the enemy has pursued my soul;

he has crushed my life to the ground;

he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.

4Therefore my spirit faints within me;

my heart within me is appalled.

5I remember the days of old;

I meditate on all that you have done;

I ponder the work of your hands.

6I stretch out my hands to you;

my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

7Answer me quickly, O Lord!

My spirit fails!

Hide not your face from me,

lest I be like those who go down to the pit.

8Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,

for in you I trust.

Make me know the way I should go,

for to you I lift up my soul.

9Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!

I have fled to you for refuge.1

10Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God!

Let your good Spirit lead me

on level ground!

11For your name's sake, O Lord, preserve my life!

In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!

12And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,

and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,

for I am your servant.

Footnotes

  • 1 143:9 One Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts To you I have covered